When it comes to renting a car, I tend to stick to the large car rental companies. I guess it’s just because I’m comfortable with them. You also don’t want to be halfway through your vacation and have your car break down. More importantly, if it does, you want to be able to find a representative of the company somewhere nearby.
I’ve seen Sixt car rental come up on searches I’ve made with Autoslash when looking for the cheapest car rental in an area. They’ve never been that much cheaper and since I’m usually able to get additional benefits from National, Avis or Hertz because of credit cards I hold, I was willing to pay the extra few dollars for the peace of mind.
Flash forward to an upcoming car rental where Sixt came up with the cheapest prices. I’m not talking a few dollars cheaper, I’m talking a nice dinner amount cheaper.
Time to research what benefits I can get from Sixt Rent A Car.
Sixt is not a new, nor a small company. As per Wikipedia, Sixt is a European-based company that currently has over 4,000 locations in 105 countries and they’re the largest car rental company in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Israel. They started to branch out into the United States with a few locations but now have a large footprint at many major U.S. airports.
The first thing I did before booking my rental was to sign up for Sixt’s Express Card program. Enrollment is free, so what’s to lose.
After that, I started looking for what cards might provide benefits for Sixt. It didn’t take long before I was forwarded to the Mastercard World Elite website.
Having a Mastercard World Elite has many stated privileges. I don’t put much value into these perks but I decided to see what I could get. For Sixt, here’s the stated benefit:
Platinum status. Sounds good but what exactly does that mean?
- Up to 15%** discount on Sixt rent a car and Sixt rent a truck.
- Up to 20%** discount on Sixt limousine service in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Up to 10%* in all other countries.
- Free upgrade to the next car group and a double upgrade in U.S. locations.***
- No Rental Formalities: Your personal data is stored behind the card, no waiting time at the arrival location and easy payment due to your stored credit card information.
- Low Self Service rates: Ask about special rates when booking or have your company rates stored.
- Additional attractive discounts.
- For each rental with Sixt, collect valuable****:
Miles with our airline partners
Points with our hotel partners
Bonus points with other participating programs
- Free additional driver(s) for all rentals in the United States*****
A free double upgrade, free additional driver and mileage earning potential with partners. Sign me up!!!! But how do you sign up????
Contact knowledgeable Lifestyle Managers 24/7 at 1-855-802-1387, and visit travel.mastercard.com to access special travel offers and personalized recommendations tailored to your travel style and preferences.*
So I called the number. After a short hold, I was connected to a representative. I told him that I read about getting Platinum status with Sixt and asked how could I sign up. The representative was very helpful and said he could get me signed up for Sixt’s renter program and then he could put in for my upgrade. I explained that I already signed up for an Sixt account online and he replied, “Well that’s most of the hard work. All I need is your membership number and I’ll forward the information to get you upgraded.”
I was then asked for my Mastercard World Elite account number. Now, I could have given him our Citi Prestige card number but I wanted to see if I could get the same benefits with a less expensive card. I noticed that the JetBlue Plus card from Barclays is a Mastercard World Elite card. I gave this account number and after he verified the account was valid, the process was started.
I was told that the Mastercard concierge team would forward my information to Sixt who would then manually upgrade my account to Platinum status. The process would take four to six weeks. Wait, what???
What system can take up to 45 days to process an upgrade? Our rental was several months away so waiting wasn’t a problem for us. Still, I was shocked at how long this would take. I can’t imagine how anything could ever take that long as even if you had to email someone a name, it should be done within a week.
I’m happy to say that my online Sixt account was upgraded to Platinum within just a few days and it took about 4 weeks for me to receive my Sixt Platinum card in the mail (yes, they really do still send our membership cards).
I don’t even know if we’re going to even end up renting the car from Sixt. I currently have an equivalent of a Chevy Malibu reserved. Who knows what a double upgrade from that is? I’m sure to write about it, whatever we get so stay tuned.
For those wondering which cards offer Mastercard World Elite benefits, I’m really not sure. I know that our Citi ThankYou Prestige and Citi Thank You Premier are both World Elite Cards. The same goes for my Barclays JetBlue Plus card. I’ve looked online but can’t find a definitive list. My suggestion is to just look at your card and if it says World Elite, you’re good.
For this experience so far, the Mastercard World Elite concierge was very nice. He even emailed me a follow up when the upgrade was processed (I noticed the status had changed online long before the concierge emailed me). Sixt did send me a Platinum card, as promised. I almost want to rent from them to see what type of car we get.
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